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Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-18-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 899
Posted By jlw
FYI - new Eye-Fi Pro X2 card works great on G1

A few weeks ago I had been looking for a way to review my raw-format images on my laptop computer while shooting with my Panasonic G1.

After some nosing around, I found there's no simple "tethered"...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-10-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 797
Posted By jlw
Made a remote-trigger adapter for my G1

In case you're wondering what you're going to do with your trusty old Panasonic G1 after you get your new GH1 or G2 or whatever... well, how about using the G1 for remotely-triggered shooting?

I...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-22-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3,347
Posted By jlw
When I first got it, it was fine. After I had had...

When I first got it, it was fine. After I had had it a while (and after reading a lot of posts) I convinced myself it needed adjustment. I did this every few months.

A little over a year ago, I had...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-16-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 2,429
Posted By jlw
50/1.5 Nokton -- use when I want compact...

50/1.5 Nokton -- use when I want compact size
50/1.1 Nokton -- use when I want wide aperture but "conventional" sharpness
50/0.95 Canon -- use when I want its unique look

What's odd about that?...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-22-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 3,714
Posted By jlw
Either is great. The f/1.5 is much more compact...

Either is great. The f/1.5 is much more compact and more reasonably priced, although you have to budget extra for a screw-to-M adapter to use it on your R-D 1. The f/1.1 comes in an M mount and will...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-21-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By jlw
Speculation: As best I can understand the...

Speculation: As best I can understand the diagrams in the Japanese "R-D 1 WORLD" magazine I have, the Ediart chip also handles some I/O functions, so the "tweaking" may simply have been to enable the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-21-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By jlw
This is just an observation, but... I adjusted my...

This is just an observation, but... I adjusted my R-D 1's rangefinder myself (some of the photos on Rich C's site show my camera) and got good results, but found that I had to re-do it fairly...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 779
Posted By jlw
It is long ago that my R-D 1 was new! But I seem...

It is long ago that my R-D 1 was new! But I seem to remember that the LCD came covered with a slightly cloudy plastic film cover over it. I assumed it was to protect the glossy surface from scratches...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-30-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 16,976
Posted By jlw
Interesting! I hadn't realized that Leica had...

Interesting! I hadn't realized that Leica had this sort of program. I enjoy the idea of uber-affluent M9 buyers, in effect, being taxed to subsidize the purchases of not-quite-as-affluent student...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-30-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 16,976
Posted By jlw
Six megapixels wasn't "my" figure; it was a...

Six megapixels wasn't "my" figure; it was a figure I calculated, using a certain set of assumptions, and I showed my work in my post so people could make up their own minds whether or not it was...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-29-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By jlw
Fixed! Thanks for the quick troubleshoot.

Fixed! Thanks for the quick troubleshoot.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-28-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By jlw
Just posted a bunch of G1/Nokton/Cosmicar photos

Flagrant plug: It's taken more than three months, but I've finally edited down the snarky documentary photos I shot at our local Fashion Week back in September, and have posted several galleries'...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-28-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 2,690
Posted By jlw
Guess you're really going to hate this forum,...

Guess you're really going to hate this forum, then, since there aren't exactly a lot of Micro 4/3 cameras that use film...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-28-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 9,747
Posted By jlw
Presumably they've had to do a lot of...

Presumably they've had to do a lot of digital-camera research to overcome the M8's faults, and the cost of that research has to be spread over a fairly small base of cameras -- so the added cost per...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-27-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 9,747
Posted By jlw
Pfft. The original R-D 1 used the sensor...

Pfft. The original R-D 1 used the sensor architecture out of the Nikon D70 series. A $3,000 camera with a Nikon D300s sensor package would send those used M8s (with their mediocre high-ISO...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3,201
Posted By jlw
The aerial-photography issue is a very legitimate...

The aerial-photography issue is a very legitimate point. If your lenses all focus slightly "past infinity" on the adapter, it means the adapter is too thin (not too thick.) Conceivably you could...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-27-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,676
Posted By jlw
Particularly don't be offended about the white...

Particularly don't be offended about the white balance readout. I've owned my R-D 1 since they first became available, and sometimes I STILL stare at those little symbols on the dial and say, "What...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-26-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,676
Posted By jlw
I can see why you're dissatisfied with these....

I can see why you're dissatisfied with these. They almost look like the thumbnails rather than the actual image files. You should be able to do MUCH better.

I'd suggest testing under some really...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-25-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,425
Posted By jlw
So I'd say you're in good shape. Your images...

So I'd say you're in good shape. Your images presumably look the way you want on Flickr, where sRGB/2.2 is the norm, and your lab prints turn out the way you want them to (probably because their...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-25-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,425
Posted By jlw
Since we're both graphic-arts professionals, I...

Since we're both graphic-arts professionals, I know you meant to write "gamma," not "gamut" -- but we don't want to confuse the munchkins, do we?

That's another good point, although it's a separate...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-25-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,425
Posted By jlw
The trouble with bigger-is-better as applied to...

The trouble with bigger-is-better as applied to color gamuts is that some of your "bit budget" is getting "spent" representing colors that aren't reachable, instead of colors that are reachable.

The...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-25-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,425
Posted By jlw
You can easily start drowning in theory if you...

You can easily start drowning in theory if you dig into this, so here's a quick but respectable rule of thumb from this article...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-24-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 16,976
Posted By jlw
From which I might infer that since my...

From which I might infer that since my rangefinder-camera photos are often made at high ISOs, wider-than-optimum apertures, and almost never a tripod, I would not get the full benefit of an...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,013
Posted By jlw
Pretty clever way for Ricoh to obtain a total...

Pretty clever way for Ricoh to obtain a total lock-out of potential third-party lens developers... kind of the opposite of the Micro Four Thirds approach...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,663
Posted By jlw
Did you know that original Epson batteries are...

Did you know that original Epson batteries are still available via Japan-based suppliers? The current R-D1x uses the same battery, so Epson continues to offer spares. They're expensive, but at least...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-15-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,879
Posted By jlw
I've been using the G1 ever since they came out,...

I've been using the G1 ever since they came out, and I find the EVF to be very detailed. One thing to keep in mind is that the diopter adjustment seems to be very touchy -- there's a huge difference...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-15-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,879
Posted By jlw
All of digital photography is a phase. So is that...

All of digital photography is a phase. So is that film stuff.

Once photographers learn to appreciate the technical and aesthetic advantages of coating your own emulsion onto glass plates, they'll...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-11-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 4,864
Posted By jlw
And you'd have to use it in full-power manual...

And you'd have to use it in full-power manual mode only, wouldn't you? It had TTL automation for the Contax G and SLR cameras, but no sensor-auto mode or variable manual power, IIRC.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-11-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 4,864
Posted By jlw
I haven't seen any of these in person. Going by...

I haven't seen any of these in person. Going by specs, the Metz has the advantage of a bounce head, and the Nikon has five manual power levels, so if one of those features is significant for you, it...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-10-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 16,976
Posted By jlw
I'm still pretty happy with the R-D 1 (and...

I'm still pretty happy with the R-D 1 (and probably would be even happier with the R-D 1x as it would be handy to be able to use SDHC cards, a no-brainer capability that Leica ludicrously omitted...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-10-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2,148
Posted By jlw
I wear glasses and have no trouble seeing the...

I wear glasses and have no trouble seeing the 28mm frameline.

The trick: keep both eyes open. Thanks to the R-D's lifesize 1:1 viewfinder, your eyes will adjust quickly to be comfortable with this....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-09-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,788
Posted By jlw
They're expensive, but thanks to the continued...

They're expensive, but thanks to the continued existence of the R-D 1x you can still get original Epson batteries from Japan Exposures:

Link...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-08-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,460
Posted By jlw
I love this kind of atmospheric shot, and think...

I love this kind of atmospheric shot, and think you've done a great job.

Next time, how about pulling back for a few wider shots that show more context? This would help balance out the good...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-08-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By jlw
IMO, the X1 wouldn't even be in play because its...

IMO, the X1 wouldn't even be in play because its lens is not interchangeable. For that kind of money, I'd need a lot more versatility than any fixed-lens camera can provide. The interchangeable-lens...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-08-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By jlw
Subhash, it looks to me as if most of your photos...

Subhash, it looks to me as if most of your photos have good detail sharpness. What I think you're seeing in your 20/1.7 photos that you find lacking in your other photos is a quality sometimes called...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-07-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By jlw
I feel that once you look into this thoroughly,...

I feel that once you look into this thoroughly, you'll find it's not a defect or an incompatibility -- more just a matter of the fact that older lenses tend to have less inherent image contrast than...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-15-2008
Replies: 97
Views: 3,951
Posted By jlw
They appear close because we are being fed them...

They appear close because we are being fed them for the same reason. Just as they did during the Vietnam era, news media operatives are generating, selecting and presenting content to serve a...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-15-2008
Replies: 97
Views: 3,951
Posted By jlw
I'm the person who wrote that. Did you read the...

I'm the person who wrote that.

Did you read the entire post?

Did you think about what I said?

Or did your knees just start jerking reflexively because you were seeing visual stimuli to which our...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 1,488
Posted By jlw
Ugh, yet another "The way I prefer to work makes...

Ugh, yet another "The way I prefer to work makes me better than you" thread. Enough, already!
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-14-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,469
Posted By jlw
I am too! Still need to give Aperture 2.0 a real...

I am too!

Still need to give Aperture 2.0 a real workout to see how it performs with large catalogs of images, but it's nice to be able to choose between Aperture and Adobe Lightroom rather than...
Forum: Off Topic 02-14-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By jlw
I've bought AppleCare on all my recent Mac...

I've bought AppleCare on all my recent Mac equipment. I've only needed to use it a couple of times -- but still say that if you can afford the AppleCare warranty, get it.

It's unlikely that you'll...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-14-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By jlw
Do you really think he's that much better than...

Do you really think he's that much better than Zxyxxk Bl#nxgmnon of the planet Zoron in the Andromeda galaxy? Other than shipping charges being a lot more reasonable?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-12-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,937
Posted By jlw
There's not much to go wrong on these: it's a...

There's not much to go wrong on these: it's a straightforward design executed to superb engineering standards.

All you should have to check is the usual old-camera stuff: Shutter curtain free of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2008
Replies: 164
Views: 5,006
Posted By jlw
Hey, everybody, there's a 4th-generation...

Hey, everybody, there's a 4th-generation Summicron on eBay right now with a BIN of $75!



[...thought that would clear the room, heh-heh...]
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2008
Replies: 164
Views: 5,006
Posted By jlw
Keeping in mind that the original citation came...

Keeping in mind that the original citation came from "conservablogs.com," I would want to be very careful that I was getting the, um, straight facts before making up my mind about the merits of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By jlw
I've gotten in trouble by pointing this out...

I've gotten in trouble by pointing this out before, but I feel that in many cases what makes these pictures "prize-winning" is not the picture, but the caption.

Example: The "photo of the year" is a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,694
Posted By jlw
Also, the reason mercury batteries were outlawed...

Also, the reason mercury batteries were outlawed was specifically the risk of infants swallowing them (numerous actual incidents recorded) and absorbing the mercury as the seals...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-08-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 1,405
Posted By jlw
"Huge" installed base? Not by camera-industry...

"Huge" installed base? Not by camera-industry standards.

Basically, the reason this will never happen is that nobody gives a crap except us, and we make up a miniscule market. And actually, even...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-08-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 1,405
Posted By jlw
I'd predict you'll see this sometime after pigs...

I'd predict you'll see this sometime after pigs fly, but before Hell freezes over.

I don't think there's any advantage to Carl Zeiss in offering this type of product. And since Carl Zeiss licenses...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-07-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By jlw
As long as you're supporting the Chinese economy...

As long as you're supporting the Chinese economy anyway, spend $20 at Harbor Freight Tool on a Chinese-made digital caliper. Then you can check the thicknesses of the adapters you buy and reject ones...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-05-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 622
Posted By jlw
Your entitlement starts at whatever you can talk...

Your entitlement starts at whatever you can talk your way into and stops wherever the venue wants. A press pass is simply an identification that says you work for a publication -- nobody is under any...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-03-2008
Replies: 76
Views: 10,645
Posted By jlw
Fuji seemed to think otherwise on the GX680 I...

Fuji seemed to think otherwise on the GX680 I use.

All I'm saying is that people will (correctly) perceive a fixed-lens camera as being less versatile, which in turn will limit the price that they'd...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-03-2008
Replies: 76
Views: 10,645
Posted By jlw
I just watched the video on the CAPA site (CAPA...

I just watched the video on the CAPA site (CAPA is a technically-oriented Japanese photo magazine, IIRC.)

Notice how exposed the front element of the lens is?

I predict they'll price the camera at...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-03-2008
Replies: 76
Views: 10,645
Posted By jlw
I don't think they'll sell a lot of these...

I don't think they'll sell a lot of these regardless of how they price it (although they'll probably sell one to me if I can afford it.)

Let's face it, a fixed-lens camera is not versatile enough to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-01-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,375
Posted By jlw
IS there a new Fuji rangefinder coming? Is there...

IS there a new Fuji rangefinder coming?

Is there a link around somewhere that I'm missing?

I saw the text announcement from PMA that they're showing a prototype MF RF camera, but that's all....
Forum: Nikon RF 01-31-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By jlw
You guys are right, it does look like a Nicca 3L....

You guys are right, it does look like a Nicca 3L. Thanks for those links; I had never seen one either.

Makes sense, too -- Nikon couldn't very well show their lens on a C*n*n body, could they?...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-31-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 832
Posted By jlw
Canon actually did offer diopter lenses for the...

Canon actually did offer diopter lenses for the P. You'd remove the little screw in the black eyepiece surround and it could be removed; they offered replacements with various diopter strengths. Lots...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-31-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By jlw
Name that camera body

Here's a challenge for you Nikkor fans. In the "Thousand and One Nights of Nikkor Lens" narrative, in the section about the 35/1.8...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-31-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 2,362
Posted By jlw
So, I guess the non-upgraded M8 has become the...

So, I guess the non-upgraded M8 has become the "lower-cost model" everybody has been saying they should make... probably not quite what you had in mind, though!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-31-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By jlw
You could use VueScan to do your scans, which...

You could use VueScan to do your scans, which would allow you to save them in DNG format, and then manage your DNG masters in an application such as Adobe Lightroom. This would eliminate the need to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 865
Posted By jlw
It really takes a 96-second video to show people...

It really takes a 96-second video to show people how to make a string-pod?!? This idea has been around forever, and isn't exactly complicated:

1) Stick a 1/4x20 bolt in your camera's tripod...
Forum: Off Topic 01-30-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 897
Posted By jlw
"Full-frame"? Full of what? I've got a digital...

"Full-frame"? Full of what?

I've got a digital back with one of those teeny-weeny 24x36mm sensors; it has a ridiculously large crop factor on the Fuji GX680 I use at work.

There's no frame size...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-28-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By jlw
You guys must have missed this thread...

You guys must have missed this thread (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48742) back in October.

Check it out. At the end there's a link to some pictures showing the source of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-28-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 8,707
Posted By jlw
Sorry to be, um, negative, but was the reason...

Sorry to be, um, negative, but was the reason Bill Pierce was asked onboard really to host Resurrection MCMLXXVII of the "Film Is Eternal and Digital Is Evil" thread-from-hell? Pfft...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-27-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By jlw
By "full frame," do you mean the full 58mm x 58mm...

By "full frame," do you mean the full 58mm x 58mm frame used on 120-rollfilm TLRs? Or the full 8mm x 10mm frame used on the Minox? Or the full 4" x 5" frame used by many press and view cameras? Or...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-26-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By jlw
Yep, they're Newton's rings caused by partial...

Yep, they're Newton's rings caused by partial contact between the film and the glass.

But you might try passing them off as UFO pictures -- maybe you could get them on CNN!
Forum: Nikon RF 01-26-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 1,472
Posted By jlw
Well, as someone said earlier, it wouldn't be...

Well, as someone said earlier, it wouldn't be impressive to find this assortment of stuff in a huge department store in Japan.

Having it turn up in an obscure corner of Australia is at least a bit...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-25-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 958
Posted By jlw
I'm pretty sure not. The layout of the finder...

I'm pretty sure not. The layout of the finder windows on an M3 is completely different than on a Canon P, V or VI.

If you look at the little writeup I did on my Canon Auto-Ups (click here...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-25-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By jlw
It's a US-made Kodak Ektra, not an FSU camera at...

It's a US-made Kodak Ektra, not an FSU camera at all.

(Its designer, Joseph Mihaly, was Hungarian, but that's its closest connection to the Soviet Bloc.)

Read all about it at this CameraQuest...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 01-25-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 5,247
Posted By jlw
From a huge Adams survey show I saw many years...

From a huge Adams survey show I saw many years ago, I vaguely recolllect that Adams used a 1936-vintage Contax II camera. I don't know what else he did with it, but during the '30s he used it for a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-22-2008
Replies: 74
Views: 13,855
Posted By jlw
I would go with the LTM 50/1.1 Nikkor, partly...

I would go with the LTM 50/1.1 Nikkor, partly because I haven't had one and partly because its images looked so nice in the comparison Raid did a while back.

Actually, I would be even happier with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By jlw
I'm not saying it's what happened in this case,...

I'm not saying it's what happened in this case, but wow, wedding photography would be a fabulous idea for a swindle!

Most people I know tried to arrange everything for their weddings 6 months to a...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-21-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 6,016
Posted By jlw
They're both worth buying, but the 7s is more...

They're both worth buying, but the 7s is more "normal" and more generally useful.

(So having said that, why did I sell my 7s and keep my VI-T? Just eccentric, I guess...)

I'd like to stick up for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 9,042
Posted By jlw
What type(s) of film were you scanning?

What type(s) of film were you scanning?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-21-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By jlw
If you average all the responses, I guess the...

If you average all the responses, I guess the answer you get is that you should leave it half-cocked!
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-21-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,077
Posted By jlw
Slight rotational misalignment of the rangefinder...

Slight rotational misalignment of the rangefinder patch border is a fairly common, but innocuous, complaint.

But it seems that you are saying that the rangefinder patch image is rotated. I can see...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-21-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By jlw
That's a very good point, if you're comparing...

That's a very good point, if you're comparing total life-cycle cost of using the product.

I was simply trying to get a handle on the cost of buying into Nikon's top-of-the-line camera in 1957 vs....
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-20-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By jlw
I may be one of the people who posted about this...

I may be one of the people who posted about this before, but what I said was that I don't like to store my metal-curtain Canons with the shutters completely uncocked. Here's why:

With most any...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-20-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By jlw
Days, no; weeks, no. But suppose you got...

Days, no; weeks, no.

But suppose you got abducted by the Canadian Secret Service and didn't come back for 20 years?

Okay, that's probably an exaggerated fear -- on a Canon shutter, the worst that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-20-2008
Replies: 202
Views: 40,644
Posted By jlw
Yes, I thought this part was especially succinct...

Yes, I thought this part was especially succinct for an automated translation:

""During the first Supervisory Board meeting," says Kaufmann, "I have said to me: We are in deep ****.""

(Hmmm,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 618
Posted By jlw
It does look like a nice, tidy conversion. Since...

It does look like a nice, tidy conversion. Since this is an original TV lens, there's no cutout in the rear element for the RF coupling tab. It's clear from the photos that a tab has been added, but...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 13,944
Posted By jlw
We ought to warn people that this book will be a...

We ought to warn people that this book will be a very, very expensive investment! Not only is the book itself about a hundred bucks, but after you've read it you will want to go out and buy lots of...
Forum: Photo Software 01-19-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 5,877
Posted By jlw
Lightroom won't import your iPhoto structure...

Lightroom won't import your iPhoto structure directly. But depending on how you've organized your iPhoto library, you may be able to come close to replicating it.

To do this, you'd tell Lightroom to...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-19-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 13,944
Posted By jlw
I've had mine for about a week and agree it's a...

I've had mine for about a week and agree it's a fabulous reference. It's especially strong on collector-interest minutiae -- all the tiny changes that occurred on various models during their...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-19-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,920
Posted By jlw
My Leningrads are no longer with me, but the...

My Leningrads are no longer with me, but the pages I did about them still are:

Leningrad overview (http://homepage.mac.com/jlw/photo/leningrad/)

Leningrad innards...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-18-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 678
Posted By jlw
I don't have any Bronica experience specifically,...

I don't have any Bronica experience specifically, but I think you'll be okay running 120 film with the plate set to 220.

220 film is thinner, so that setting makes the film gate skinnier. When you...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-17-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,017
Posted By jlw
BUT... most "big" photographers would not have...

BUT... most "big" photographers would not have the luxury of being able to spend two weeks in the darkroom getting the picture exactly the way they wanted, as you did.

They would have to be content...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-17-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By jlw
I'm surprised these stickers aren't available as...

I'm surprised these stickers aren't available as reproductions.

Classic-car suppliers reproduce almost every conceivable variety of sticker for popular (and not-so-popular) models, so the...
Forum: Other RF 01-16-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By jlw
You can compare the aperture reading vs. a...

You can compare the aperture reading vs. a separate meter if necessary. But it shouldn't be necessary, as the 7sII is calibrated to work properly with currently available 1.5v silver-oxide batteries.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-16-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 2,054
Posted By jlw
Available mounts will be Steinheil Casca II and...

Available mounts will be Steinheil Casca II and Bell & Howell Foton only. A version for Kodak Ektra is rumored for 2009.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-16-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 3,249
Posted By jlw
As long as you're fantasizing, why don't you...

As long as you're fantasizing, why don't you fantasize a longer rangefinder base, e.g., off the Ikon?
Forum: Nikon RF 01-15-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By jlw
Interesting point. To put it another way, if you...

Interesting point. To put it another way, if you wanted a motorized SP, you could add an accessory.

But what if, for the sake of compactness, you want a manual-advance D3? You can't get one at any...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-13-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By jlw
How much did a Nikon SP cost new?

I was flipping through the new Pop Photo piece hailing the new D3 as "the greatest Nikon ever."

This got me wondering: how does the D3 compare in terms of price to what I would consider the greatest...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-12-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 739
Posted By jlw
Welcome to the unpleasant world of grain aliasing...

Welcome to the unpleasant world of grain aliasing (click here (http://www.photoscientia.co.uk/Grain.htm) for an older link that remains the most scientific article I have found on the subject.)

The...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-11-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By jlw
Bad news, good news

The bad news: The cold I had been fighting for weeks has come back with a vengeance, and it looks as if I'm going to be spending most of the weekend in bed.

The good news: My copy of the new...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-11-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By jlw
Sounds as if the top plate will have to come off...

Sounds as if the top plate will have to come off so you can see whether it's just the dial itself that's stuck, or the selecting mechanism that couples with it.

If you want to try it yourself, you...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-10-2008
Replies: 43
Views: 4,607
Posted By jlw
If you leave the B9180 powered on (as HP...

If you leave the B9180 powered on (as HP recommends) it does a cycle every 24 hours to keep the nozzles from clogging. As near as I can tell, though, this cycle uses little if any ink.

About three...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By jlw
I think you'll need to look for a Konica IIIa or...

I think you'll need to look for a Konica IIIa or IIIm; I can't think of any others.

Here's a Dante Stella article about them: click here. (http://www.dantestella.com/technical/koni3.html)

They're...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-09-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,089
Posted By jlw
I don't know anything about black Nikons...

I don't know anything about black Nikons specifically, just a couple of general observations:

-- When the factories made a black camera body, they pulled bare brass top and bottom plates off the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-07-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By jlw
The DG-2 would just magnify the center portion of...

The DG-2 would just magnify the center portion of the finder image. It wouldn't change how much the framelines cover.

The DG-2 certainly would help you get more accurate focus, which can otherwise...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 1,662
Posted By jlw
True in the case of genuine crooks, but casual...

True in the case of genuine crooks, but casual rule-benders who might be willing to, um, exaggerate their subjective statements of condition might stop short of generating outright fraudulent...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 1,662
Posted By jlw
No, but it's useful info for the would-be buyer...

No, but it's useful info for the would-be buyer who wants to make his/her own judgments about how much value is added by the CLA.

A greyhoundman pedigree seems to be a significant value-adder here...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-06-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By jlw
It's tough to compare prints made from a digital...

It's tough to compare prints made from a digital camera with ones from a film camera and conclude that the film camera's lens is superior -- there are so many differences along the whole image path...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-06-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 1,662
Posted By jlw
Yeah, but then there are the sellers who think...

Yeah, but then there are the sellers who think "CLA'd" stands for "Coated with Lighterfluid And Dried." That's one advantage of seeing the receipt -- at least you have some vague notion of what work...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-05-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Posted By jlw
It could be either, and it could also be a...

It could be either, and it could also be a one-time occurrence caused by a problem with a particular roll of film.

Can you try a roll and send it to another processor, preferably one that uses reels...
Forum: RFF News 01-05-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 4,408
Posted By jlw
Same experience here, and more than once. In...

Same experience here, and more than once. In fact, he didn't just argue his point of view, he'd sometimes modify it if your response was convincing.

He always gave me the impression of being a photo...
Forum: Off Topic 01-05-2008
Replies: 106
Views: 4,256
Posted By jlw
Re the Kentucky geography quiz: It's surprising...

Re the Kentucky geography quiz: It's surprising how many opinions you can get on this question, and how strongly they'll be defended, when you consider that the capital of Kentucky is Frankfort....
Forum: Off Topic 01-05-2008
Replies: 106
Views: 4,256
Posted By jlw
Another geography quiz: Do you pronounce the...

Another geography quiz: Do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky as "Lou-is-ville," "Lou-ee-ville", or "Lou-uh-ville"?

Answer below. Kentuckians, you aren't allowed to play.
Forum: Off Topic 01-05-2008
Replies: 106
Views: 4,256
Posted By jlw
They tested this on Mythbusters and found,...

They tested this on Mythbusters and found, somewhat to their own surprise, that they got less wet by walking. One theory was that running splashed up more standing water from the ground.

Don't know...
Forum: Argus RF 01-05-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 2,784
Posted By jlw
There's supposed to be a release button screwed...

There's supposed to be a release button screwed into the shutter housing, as shown in this photo from theargusa.com:

http://theargusa.com/ara201.jpg

If yours is missing, I'd guess you'll have the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-04-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,150
Posted By jlw
Gave away my darkroom this week

Well, not the room, but I did give away all the equipment. It's strange to think, after having never been without some kind of darkroom since I was 13 years old, that I'm no longer a printer. I'm...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-04-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 2,611
Posted By jlw
Actually you can't see this "exactly," only as an...

Actually you can't see this "exactly," only as an approximation, because depth of field also depends on a number of other factors including the degree of enlargement of the final image, viewing...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-04-2008
Replies: 49
Views: 6,800
Posted By jlw
The diameter of the breech-lock flange is larger...

The diameter of the breech-lock flange is larger than an M mount, so the screw holes aren't in the right place. They're too far outside where the M mount needs to attach.

However, a neatly done...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-02-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 2,557
Posted By jlw
I use accessory finders with tele lenses; have...

I use accessory finders with tele lenses; have to, in fact, because the longest finder frame in my R-D 1 is 50mm and I routinely use lenses up to 100mm or even occasionally a 135mm.

You're right,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-02-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,864
Posted By jlw
D76 is light-sensitive; exposure to light will...

D76 is light-sensitive; exposure to light will actually shorten its life. So you've got to store it in a brown glass bottle or an opaque container. It will go bad much more quickly in a clear...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-02-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 4,444
Posted By jlw
Optically it's the same lens, and mechanically...

Optically it's the same lens, and mechanically it's the same mount.

The diameter of the rear element is so large that on the RF-coupled lens, a section of it had to be ground off to let the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-02-2008
Replies: 66
Views: 3,343
Posted By jlw
You're able to use Expression Media and Bridge to...

You're able to use Expression Media and Bridge to search Lightroom .lcat catalog files?!?! May I ask how you're doing it? I just tried it with Bridge CS3, and it couldn't recognize the .lcat file.

I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-02-2008
Replies: 66
Views: 3,343
Posted By jlw
Given that the only other choice in that software...

Given that the only other choice in that software category is Apple Aperture, which isn't cross-platform, I guess that's true, at least for Windows users.

Another great thing about Lightroom is that...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,623
Posted By jlw
Where can I apply for one of those camera-buying...

Where can I apply for one of those camera-buying scholarships?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-01-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,623
Posted By jlw
There's a lot to what Chris says. When I was in...

There's a lot to what Chris says. When I was in my 20s and working as a small-town newspaper photographer (definitely NOT a high-paying profession!) I was nonetheless able to afford to buy a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-01-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,623
Posted By jlw
The problem with developing your customer base...

The problem with developing your customer base "from the past" is that customers from the past grow old and die -- and if you aren't developing any replacements from the present and the future, then...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-01-2008
Replies: 137
Views: 13,105
Posted By jlw
Thanks, Roger, but I really wish you would have...

Thanks, Roger, but I really wish you would have made a bit more effort to put into words what it is about the images from this lens that you like so much.

I used to have a 50/1.5 Opton Sonnar that I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-01-2008
Replies: 66
Views: 3,343
Posted By jlw
Click here...

Click here (http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotographyfeatures/4681/digital-toolbox-why-raw-works.html) for an article on the Pop Photo website that shows some easily discernable differences.

Of...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-01-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By jlw
Those Ilford PDF files look good -- I'll direct...

Those Ilford PDF files look good -- I'll direct her to those as a starting point.

Thanks, all!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-01-2008
Replies: 66
Views: 3,343
Posted By jlw
Shooting JPEG is like doing crossword puzzles in...

Shooting JPEG is like doing crossword puzzles in ink. It's great if you never make mistakes, or don't mind making mistakes.

Personally, raw files have saved my bacon so many times that I'd rather...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-01-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By jlw
Thanks for the suggestions thus far. -- The...

Thanks for the suggestions thus far.

-- The Ilford site contains a lot of resources, but I couldn't find anything in the nature of a straight tutorial: "First you do this, next you do this,"...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-01-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,717
Posted By jlw
I've got some "Mechanix" brand gloves that I...

I've got some "Mechanix" brand gloves that I bought for working on my car in my cold garage, but which also work pretty well for photography. Since they're designed for handling tools, they allow...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-01-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By jlw
Quick help needed - online b&w printing how-to websites

Okay, traditionalist photographers, now's your chance to help someone new get into black-and-white printing!

I've just arranged to give my Omega B66XL enlarger and various other darkroom stuff to a...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-01-2008
Replies: 109
Views: 7,787
Posted By jlw
Adams was a hypocrite and Cartier-Bresson was a...

Adams was a hypocrite and Cartier-Bresson was a manipulative jerk. I don't know anything about the other two.

Oh, wait, you probably meant "whose photographs do you like most?"...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-01-2008
Replies: 105
Views: 7,800
Posted By jlw
This Canon was an amazing piece of gear,...

This Canon was an amazing piece of gear, but...

-- Notice the regular film back? At 14 fps, you're out of film in 2-1/2 seconds. Yeah, I'm sure there was a long-roll accessory, but it would have...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-01-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,623
Posted By jlw
The fact that M8 production is limited, and Leica...

The fact that M8 production is limited, and Leica doesn't seem to need any marketing help to sell the ones they can make, is decisive here. I can remember when Leica did have regional reps who would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 2,382
Posted By jlw
Is it okay to refer to you guys as "Elmar...

Is it okay to refer to you guys as "Elmar Fudds"?
Forum: RFF Polls 12-31-2007
Replies: 188
Views: 34,061
Posted By jlw
Your ballot doesn't begin low enough for me. My...

Your ballot doesn't begin low enough for me. My least-favorite focal length is 21mm... sometimes you've gotta use it, but I'm never really comfortable with it. Too much background junk, too many...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-31-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 829
Posted By jlw
IMO the real advantage of developing film...

IMO the real advantage of developing film yourself is that you can develop it exactly the way you want it.

That said, though, if you shoot a lot and develop it in batches, you'll find you can save...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-31-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 1,940
Posted By jlw
Can't do that one, since I seldom go anywhere I...

Can't do that one, since I seldom go anywhere I can't drive, and if I don't like someplace, I don't drive there.

But I can tell you that some of my better performing-arts pictures have been of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-31-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 1,940
Posted By jlw
Can't do that one, since I seldom go anywhere I...

Can't do that one, since I seldom go anywhere I can't drive, and if I don't like someplace, I don't drive there.

But I i can tell you that some of my better performing-arts pictures have been of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-31-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 1,940
Posted By jlw
Sounds like a "vacation trading" opportunity to...

Sounds like a "vacation trading" opportunity to me!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-31-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 1,940
Posted By jlw
Yes, but to quote David Vestal: "The production...

Yes, but to quote David Vestal: "The production of well-made photographs is not the point. Expression is the point."

Everywhere there are subjects that would make good photographs for somebody, but...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-30-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 2,611
Posted By jlw
One thing that's notable about the 105/2.5 is...

One thing that's notable about the 105/2.5 is that it had terrific "microcontrast" long before the term was coined. That means it does a great job of rendering fine textures such as fabric, skin, and...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 4,444
Posted By jlw
He posted a reply to me earlier in which he said...

He posted a reply to me earlier in which he said he got the body and lens separately, and did not have any specific adjustments done to "mate" them.

Maybe what this proves is that a Canon lens...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,643
Posted By jlw
Having had the covers off both, I'd say both are...

Having had the covers off both, I'd say both are equally well-made. But I agree that the P is better finished, with more lustrous satin chrome and fanatically deep, glossy black enamel, even on...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,643
Posted By jlw
Note that the P's shutter button also will lock...

Note that the P's shutter button also will lock if you set the collar between the A and R positions. All they did with the 7 was provide a mark and a clickstop detent.

So, the P is just as prone to...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-30-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 3,137
Posted By jlw
It's not quite the same camera as the Konica Auto...

It's not quite the same camera as the Konica Auto S3, even though the chassis are very similar. One significant difference is that the Minolta offers full manual exposure (although the meter doesn't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-30-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 3,681
Posted By jlw
There was a separate XK Motor body with a fixed...

There was a separate XK Motor body with a fixed motor drive, intended for pro users who invested in the XK system and needed motor capability. The idea of a separate motor-drive body was a Minolta...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-30-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By jlw
Drat! Had just about talked myself out of this...

Drat! Had just about talked myself out of this whole thing (see my recent "Should I switch?" thread) and now I want one again...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-30-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 4,444
Posted By jlw
I had mine converted to M so I could use it on my...

I had mine converted to M so I could use it on my R-D 1... but if you're a film shooter and you like the handling of the 7 body, leave yours alone!!!

The 7 was the body for which the lens was...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-29-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 4,444
Posted By jlw
Applause, applause! You're using that lens...

Applause, applause! You're using that lens exactly the way it was intended: to get shots that couldn't be gotten any other way.

The results are beautifully atmospheric -- they actually make me wish...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-29-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 3,681
Posted By jlw
The 50/1.7 is excellent. The 45/2 was a...

The 50/1.7 is excellent. The 45/2 was a later-model, light-weight, "economy" lens that performs well optically, but it will feel cheap and look chintzy on your massive XK. (The lenses marked "MC...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-29-2007
Replies: 195
Views: 41,963
Posted By jlw
Spooky flare (look at the complex structure at...

Spooky flare (look at the complex structure at the right edge!) -- 50mm f/0.95 Canon at f/0.95 on Canon 7s:

http://homepage.mac.com/jlw/drags/drags400/02-08-01_10.JPG
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 12-29-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 3,282
Posted By jlw
Love the combination of the pink and black outfit...

Love the combination of the pink and black outfit with the pink and black paint job, which I believe really was an original factory color combo. And since the 3000 Mk II was in production from 1961...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-29-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,720
Posted By jlw
The 50/1.5 Nokton is excellent by any standard,...

The 50/1.5 Nokton is excellent by any standard, and sensational at its bargain price -- although you won't be able to see its full performance in this EI 1600...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-29-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 3,934
Posted By jlw
Start reading the Brit magazines more closely,...

Start reading the Brit magazines more closely, paying attention not only to the article content but the ad mix, and you'll realize that they tend to be in bed with their advertisers much more than...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-29-2007
Replies: 41
Views: 3,934
Posted By jlw
So, in this new venture's view I find that I am...

So, in this new venture's view I find that I am not "creative" if I make my photographs with my Epson R-D 1.

Then again, if I make the same photos with my Canon VI-T and get prints back from...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-28-2007
Replies: 69
Views: 5,567
Posted By jlw
In fact, if you've got a camera that takes SD...

In fact, if you've got a camera that takes SD cards and you don't mind being restricted to shooting JPEG photos, all you need is this:

EyeFi Wireless SD card at B&H...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-28-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 957
Posted By jlw
The trouble with any of the third-party adapters...

The trouble with any of the third-party adapters is that you don't know who really made them. Over a period of several months a while back I bought three adapters from B&H -- all of them had the same...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 479
Posted By jlw
It's a truism in car collecting circles that...

It's a truism in car collecting circles that people start out collecting the cars that they wanted as kids but couldn't afford until they got older. Some stay with that, while others wind up...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-28-2007
Replies: 69
Views: 5,567
Posted By jlw
Yes, we do. I'd find it hard to rationalize a...

Yes, we do. I'd find it hard to rationalize a four-figure price tag on a fixed-lens camera, regardless of what the lens was. And at the sub-four-figure price point, there's already a lot of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-27-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 2,317
Posted By jlw
The shots aren't exactly a ringing endorsement...

The shots aren't exactly a ringing endorsement for the M8 in terms of sharpness or tonal range. But since evidently the results are exactly what you (and the client) wanted, they do show off its...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,930
Posted By jlw
If you're ever lucky enough to stumble across a...

If you're ever lucky enough to stumble across a copy of Jeff Lowenthal's excellent 1965 book Stage and Theater Photography (still the only really good book ever written on this subject, in my...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-25-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,094
Posted By jlw
I'll try to make this a bit more clear by means...

I'll try to make this a bit more clear by means of an analogy:

I'm also interested in vintage sports cars. I like the feel of driving them, and as a somewhat technically-minded person I'm interested...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-24-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,240
Posted By jlw
All this jumping around may seem silly, but it's...

All this jumping around may seem silly, but it's a lot less so with DSLRs than with older RF equipment.

Back in the '50s/'60s, when Kodak periodically improved Tri-X, you could just put the new film...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-24-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,094
Posted By jlw
Thanks for all the replies so far. A few...

Thanks for all the replies so far. A few expansions:

-- Why not switch to Leica? Been there, done that. Since all my serious photography nowadays is digital and my film use is purely "experiential,"...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-24-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,094
Posted By jlw
Thinking about switching - what should I keep in mind? [long]

Note that this would be a big, big decision for me, and I haven't definitely made up my mind to do it, but...

I'm thinking of switching from Canon RF to Nikon RF.

Any thoughts from the collective...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-23-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 4,628
Posted By jlw
I just tried this to check it out for you, and it...

I just tried this to check it out for you, and it does appear that reflective scans (e.g. from prints) are done at 8 bits per channel even if you enable 16 bits per channel in the scanner driver...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-21-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 957
Posted By jlw
I sent my 7s to Essex for light seals, a CLA, and...

I sent my 7s to Essex for light seals, a CLA, and RF adjustment, and it was returned with oil all over the shutter curtains and a big speck of black fluff right in the center of the finder...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-21-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 4,628
Posted By jlw
Interesting "review"... really more a series of...

Interesting "review"... really more a series of experiments... but I don't know how much help it would be to someone trying to decide whether or not this is the scanner to buy! So here are a few...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-30-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,336
Posted By jlw
In case anybody is wondering, f/0.5 is the limit,...

In case anybody is wondering, f/0.5 is the limit, assuming that the lens needs to form an image on a flat film plane. At that aperture, the lens' second principal plane (which normally is actually a...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-28-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By jlw
There's no special method (unless you want to use...

There's no special method (unless you want to use an accessory finder as Sleepyhead suggested) and anyway, the surest thing is to find a way that works for you and will be easy for you to...
Forum: Other RF 11-22-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 6,718
Posted By jlw
Futura Kamera Werke's parent company was Fritz...

Futura Kamera Werke's parent company was Fritz Kuhnert of Freiburg, Germany, and your S was one of three camera models they made. The original Futura and your Futura S had Compur shutters, and the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-19-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 4,257
Posted By jlw
Nice clear description, Chris! Canonistas might...

Nice clear description, Chris! Canonistas might also want to note that the 50/1.4 and black-and-chrome 50/1.8 come apart almost exactly the same way, and also are liable to the Curse of the Horrid...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-18-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 3,245
Posted By jlw
And Nikkor 50/1.1 for their S-mount rangefinder...

And Nikkor 50/1.1 for their S-mount rangefinder cameras. This lens predated Canon's, and going by the sample pictures Raid posted some time back, it seems to be quite a nice performer.

Of course,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-17-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 577
Posted By jlw
It should only take one, but I just thought of...

It should only take one, but I just thought of something I forgot to mention in the PM I sent you about this -- if there's too much slack in the chain, one pull may not be enough.

Did you take the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-17-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 2,124
Posted By jlw
Welcome to the club! I use a 100/2 Canon on my...

Welcome to the club! I use a 100/2 Canon on my R-D 1 and agree its performance is sensational, but also concede that getting correct focus can be a challenge.

A few responses to your points:

-- The...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-16-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,605
Posted By jlw
Get a piece of flat rubber sheet (hardware stores...

Get a piece of flat rubber sheet (hardware stores sell these for fixing toilets!) and cut out a section about one inch square. Lay this over your R-D 1 eyepiece, then press your thumb down firmly on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 8,075
Posted By jlw
I've had that happen with Walgreens even if I set...

I've had that happen with Walgreens even if I set my canvas size in Photoshop to 8x10 and then centered my image within the white area. Apparently their printer gear is set up to crop out white...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 724
Posted By jlw
Wow, starting bid $1000. I hope the cat is...

Wow, starting bid $1000. I hope the cat is getting a percentage...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 5,432
Posted By jlw
Ahmad's, and yes, it's still there. So, did you...

Ahmad's, and yes, it's still there.

So, did you go up to King Fong (yellow sign in bkgnd) and have some egg foo yong? The atmosphere has to be seen to be believed... you half-expect Sam ***** to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By jlw
Once you've found your feet with stage...

Once you've found your feet with stage photography, this whole production sounds like an awesome opportunity for a long-term photo project! Start with the rehearsals, shoot kids building sets, sewing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By jlw
I've photographed a lot of stage performances...

I've photographed a lot of stage performances (check my gallery) and I think you'll do fine with your Leica equipment -- certainly better than you'd do borrowing an unfamiliar SLR and a slow tele or...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2007
Replies: 40
Views: 5,642
Posted By jlw
According to the Calumet mailer I just got, a...

According to the Calumet mailer I just got, a Sinar eMotion 75LV digital back costs $27,000 all by itself, while the same back plus a Hy6 camera body and 80/2.8 Xenotar is $32,500.

You know things...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2007
Replies: 44
Views: 2,899
Posted By jlw
Yeah, well, I once owned a poorly-designed...

Yeah, well, I once owned a poorly-designed fisheye that had so much pincushion distortion that the images came out looking normal, so I had to send it back.

Same thing happened with a soft-focus...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-14-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 2,064
Posted By jlw
Gee, it's great to read all these sensible,...

Gee, it's great to read all these sensible, even-handed responses.... >:-0

There was one group of thoughts that particularly caught my eye, which I'll summarize as follows:

"Aperture (or Lightroom,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-14-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 2,064
Posted By jlw
If you're storing your scans as JPEG files that...

If you're storing your scans as JPEG files that are already optimized the way you want them, there'd be no real advantage. iPhoto has always been a good cataloger, and the latest version is pretty...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 2,799
Posted By jlw
Maybe you should make one of these...

Maybe you should make one of these cameras:

http://www.makezine.com/blog/222954757_5e5380e8a5.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 866
Posted By jlw
A clean IIIf RD ST with lens is a good thing to...

A clean IIIf RD ST with lens is a good thing to own, regardless of who else might have owned/used it.

While you still have the chance, it would be nice to run a roll of Kodachrome through it and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 14,924
Posted By jlw
The pre-Automat models (kazillions of them) all...

The pre-Automat models (kazillions of them) all had manual shutter cocking, and I think I remember reading that contemporaneously with the Automats they also made a less expensive model with a...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-13-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 2,415
Posted By jlw
Yes, I did see, and it took weeks of intensive...

Yes, I did see, and it took weeks of intensive self-examination to get over the urge to sell enough household possessions to raise the roughly five grand needed to bag the SP and external-mount...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 7,408
Posted By jlw
I remember seeing ads for the Vivitar "back in...

I remember seeing ads for the Vivitar "back in the day." It was a T-mount lens with a preset diaphragm, rather than a full auto diaphragm. Of course, since you probably wouldn't use it unless you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-12-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,895
Posted By jlw
Let me try to sort this out a bit. When you scan...

Let me try to sort this out a bit. When you scan an original, you wind up with a file that has certain pixel dimensions. That's an absolute number of pixels vertically and horizontall, NOT pixel...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-11-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839
Posted By jlw
Hey, yeah, aerial perspective! I forgot to...

Hey, yeah, aerial perspective! I forgot to include that one in my previous laundry list of depth-enhancing techniques.

Anybody want to take a crack at producing an image that uses ALL of them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-11-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839
Posted By jlw
I think what we're demonstrating by this (and...

I think what we're demonstrating by this (and it's a useful demonstration) is that the idea of "simulating 3D" means different things to different people.

-- For some it (at least partially) means a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-10-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 14,924
Posted By jlw
Any good hardware store will carry a large...

Any good hardware store will carry a large selection of springs, and some of these springs will have a long straight wire section. (If you can't find a suitable one at a hardware store, try going to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839
Posted By jlw
I guess I don't see what I'd consider a "3D"...

I guess I don't see what I'd consider a "3D" effect in any of these examples, but it's worth noting that the size and distance at which you view the image makes a big difference.

I won't go into the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-10-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 5,913
Posted By jlw
But the original question wasn't about printing...

But the original question wasn't about printing in general, but specifically about the ability to produce two-page magazine spreads.

Graphic arts professionals (I'm one of 'em) have a fairly blunt...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-10-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,159
Posted By jlw
Rick is The Man when it comes to anything to do...

Rick is The Man when it comes to anything to do with camera innards... but then again, Henry S. says on his pages that the color-dial IIa with internal sync contacts was even more fiendishly...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-09-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 4,455
Posted By jlw
Also, you wouldn't be able to use the Biogon on...

Also, you wouldn't be able to use the Biogon on your IIIf, would you? I thought the Zeiss lens was available only in M mount, and while you can adapt a screw-mount lens to fit an M-mount camera, you...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-09-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 14,924
Posted By jlw
I can't remember for sure -- in fact, I don't...

I can't remember for sure -- in fact, I don't recall that I ever actually used it -- but I think it might have been X. It was quite a simple design, obviously designed as a factory add-on to give...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-09-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 14,924
Posted By jlw
I haven't seen the Mamiya 6 Automat mentioned in...

I haven't seen the Mamiya 6 Automat mentioned in the later post (although I'd love to get a look at one, or even buy one at a reasonable price) but I can tell you that the older Mamiya 6 has a...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-09-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 3,245
Posted By jlw
Probably that same warehouse at the end of...

Probably that same warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark where they stashed the Ark of the Covenant. Hey, maybe that will be coming up on eBay soon...

...Anyway, this won't be a difficult...
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